Lackluster defensive play continues to haunt Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole, as the Pirates lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 last night, and have now fallen seven games behind the Cardinals in the N.L. Central. Cole allowed three earned runs while pitching into the sixth inning. His record fell to 14-6. The Pirates committed two errors behind Cole, but also had two other defensive blunders that were not counted as errors, which gave St. Louis their second consecutive victory over the Bucs. Gregory Polanco went 3-for-3 last night for the Pirates. Andrew McCutchen and Jung Ho Kang had two hits apiece last night. McCutchen drove in both Pirate runs with home run and triple. But, the Pirates were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
The Bucs and Cards wrap up their three-game series tonight at 7:15pm. Pre-game on WISR 680am is 6:50pm.
Pirate left fielder Starling Marte left the game early last night because of discomfort in his left hand.
The Chicago Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 last night for their sixth consecutive win, and are now just 1-1/2 games behind the Pirates in the N.L. Central and Wild Card race.
Hisashi Iawkuma of the Seattle Mariners no-hit the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 last night for the fourth no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season, the other three by National League pitchers. He walked three and struck out seven. The past three American League no-hitters have been thrown by Seattle pitchers.